NEW YORK -- Mike Trout maintained his strong lead on the rest of the American League outfielders in fan votes when the latest results were revealed on Tuesday, setting the 24-year-old superstar up for his fifth consecutive trip to the All-Star Game.Trout had compiled 1,344,578 votes, trailing only Royals catcher
NEW YORK -- Mike Trout maintained his strong lead on the rest of the American League outfielders in fan votes when the latest results were revealed on Tuesday, setting the 24-year-old superstar up for his fifth consecutive trip to the All-Star Game.
Trout had compiled 1,344,578 votes, trailing only Royals catcher Salvador Perez (1,605,922) for the overall lead in the AL. Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain (944,362) ranked second among AL outfielders, with Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. (937,571) jumping ahead of Orioles right fielder Mark Trumbo (816,276) for the No. 3 spot.
No other Angels players were listed in the leaderboards.
Albert Pujols is a 10-time All-Star who has batted .326 over his last 24 games, but his slash line for the year was still .244/.326/.437 entering play Tuesday. Yunel Escobar is batting .311/.362/.420, but third base is a loaded position, with Manny Machado, Mike Moustakas and Josh Donaldson leading the way. Kole Calhoun, a reigning AL Gold Glove Award winner, is batting .301/.379/.455, but is not among the top 15 AL outfielders in fan votes.
Asked about Calhoun's worthiness, Angels manager Mike Scioscia called selection for the All-Star Game "a tricky proposition," saying: "I don't think it ever reflects the full talent of who deserves to be there."
"The guys picked for the All-Star team definitely deserve to be there," Scioscia added, "but it's just not a perfect system. [Calhoun] is an All-Star. He's an All-Star-caliber player, and he's shown that the last couple of years. It would be great to be rewarded at some point with that honor, and I know it would mean a lot to Kole."
Trout entered Tuesday batting .306/.412/.541 with 12 homers, 41 RBIs and eight stolen bases. Currently slated to join him in the AL starting lineup are Perez, Machado, Cain, Bradley, Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer, Astros second baseman Jose Altuve, Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts and Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz.
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